How to Make a Romantic Bathroom Environment?

Your bathroom doesn’t just have to be a space for personal hygiene – make the most of this private room by turning it into a quiet, romantic getaway for you and the special someone in your life. Not only will creating an indulgent, sensual bathroom experience help spark an unforgettable experience for you and your loved one, it can also help you relax and enjoy your bathroom space even when you’re alone. A private, romantic bathroom oasis can help you feel refreshed and rejuvenated – even when you’re just popping in to wash your face or brush your teeth.

Keep it clean:

No one feels romantic in a dirty space, so spend a bit of time each day making sure your bathroom is clean and tidy. Decorate with beautiful and functional pieces that help keep your space organized, and wipe your bathroom surfaces and fixtures regularly to keep them from collecting mold or bacteria. A mess will only serve to distract from the romantic mood you’re hoping to achieve.

Choose the right lighting:

Lighting is one of the most important parts of setting the mood. Create the right romantic atmosphere by making sure the lighting in your bathroom isn’t too harsh and clinical. The best lighting for a sensual bathroom experience won’t be the same lighting you’ll need for other bathroom uses like styling your hair or applying makeup, so if you can, try to find adjustable lighting. Use a dimmer switch or frosted fixtures to keep your light flattering and soft, or consider bringing in candles and keeping the regular lights off entirely for an extra-special bathroom experience.

The chromatherapy trend is encouraging more people to think about the way their bathrooms are lit, and introducing this technology to your space is a great way to easily shift the mood of your bathroom from upbeat and energetic for your morning shower to seductive and sultry to unwind at the end of the day.

Install a steam shower:

The ultimate bathing experience

Nothing is more romantic than spending time in a small, steamy space with the one you love. A steam shower is a great way to get clean and enjoy a relaxing, indulgent experience with your special someone. This effect can be achieved with a hot shower or bath, but installing a steam shower in your bathroom will take you to the height of luxury, even without having to make a trip to an expensive spa.

Tap into your senses:


The best romantic experiences will engage all your senses, so come up with ways to indulge them right in your own bathroom. Choose tiles with interesting textures, hang soft towels from hooks, and decorate using warm, decadent colors. Jewel tones like red, purple, and blue are great for both relaxing and encouraging a romantic mood.

Scent is also a key part of taking your bathroom from sanitary to sexy. It’s hard to be seductive in a room that smells like cleaning products, so use air fresheners, diffusers, or scented candles to take the sensuality up a notch. Flowers are great, inexpensive way to add a bit of romance to your bathroom – and a beautiful fragrance, too.

Installing a sound system to play some music for the mood is great, but even if you don’t have speakers in the bathroom, bring in a waterproof radio and use Bluetooth to select the right soundtrack for the romantic experience you’re hoping to achieve.

Find the right products:

Oils, soaking salts, bubble bath – find a few indulgent additions to take your everyday bath or shower from functional to fantasy. These can be found at any store that sells hygiene products, and can be a great way to not only make your bathroom experience a little sexier, but they’ll help provide you with a boost of self-confidence that can last you all day. Pick something that both you and your partner will enjoy.

These tips will take your bathroom space from an overlooked sanitary closet to an indulgent, idyllic retreat, and can be easily accomplished with a little bit of planning and effort. Spend a bit of time building a private, seductive den, and surprise your partner with a romantic escape – without even having to leave home.


This article was written by Jon Reyes from Steam Shower Store. She has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.

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Glitter and Gloss : Book review

glitter and gloss Glitter and Gloss, published by Bloomsbury, is author Vibha Batra‘s fourth full fledged novel after her Rinki series featuring 3 books : Sweet Sixteen (Yeah Right!), Seventeen and done (You Bet!), and Eighteen and Wiser (Not Quite!) and a couple of novellas published by Indireads.

Glitter and Gloss, as the name (and cover page) itself suggests, is a story surrounding cosmetics and beauty salons and seems to be sponsored by M.A.C because you will probably read the names of M.A.C products more than you will read the word love in the book.

Misha Chaturvedi, the female protagonist, is a saleswoman at a M.A.C store in a Mall at Mumbai and harbors the dream of doing brides some day (pun unintended). In her words, “there is something so pure about doing up a bride. Making a woman look beautiful on her biggest day.” She is a blabber mouth and often ends up putting foot in her mouth.

Akshay Agarwal, aka Akki, is the most sought after bachelor in town and heir of Agarwal Jewellers. He is smart, well-built, sauve, intelligent, successful and everything that can compel the blabber-mouth Misha to become uncontrollable and go into an overdrive.

If you have watched enough Bollywood movies, you’d know what would happen next. Yes, they bump into each other in a hilarious fashion and end up falling in love. After the love-birds are done enough boinking, they want to settle down with each other. No prizes for guessing, there is a hurdle.

Akshay’s parents had passed away early and he was brought up by his patriarchal Didi who is in search of a dignified, homely and khandaani bahu who will bring more shaan to the name of Agarwals. And Misha is everything that she didn’t want her bahu to be.

So, Misha wants to impress Didi and wants to be accepted. Thus starts the roller-coaster ride where Misha commits blunders, one after the another, including calling off the engagement with Akshay and ends up realizing so much more about herself.

Will Misha be able to gain Didi’s acceptance? What blunders did Misha commit? Why did she call off the engagement with Akshay? Do they get back together? What does she realize about herself? Answers to these and many other questions are in the book.

If you have already read Vibha’s The Activist and The Capitalist, you’d know the Bollywood connection. Vibha’s biggest strength is romance filled with humor, a la Bollywood style. There’s a touch of movies everywhere, be it in casting, scripting, direction or screenplay. Especially in dialogues.
Glitter and Gloss has various instances which will make you ROFL and/or guffaw loudly. So, read it in public places at your own risk.
Vibha’s prowess also lies in making the proceedings more lively and real. One can easily identify with the characters and also instantly like them. Poulomi and Sammy, Misha’s bestie and room-mate respectively, evoke much laughter and are also Misha’s support system. Patriarchal Didi and submissive Jeejoo and Misha’s wacky mom are other importance characters in the story.

On the downside, some may lament that the book was predictable and that it was like an old wine in a new bottle. Way more hindi words and extra letters in a word for that effect are cool with the younger generation, but the purists may resent them.

In a nutshell, it is an outrageously hilarious book with a hint of romance making it a must read for all romance fanatics.

Connect with the author : Vibha Batra
Published by : Bloomsbury



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The Devil’s Prayer : Novel Review

Luke Gracias, the author of The Devil’s Prayer is a film-maker and a photographer who also works as a consultant in Australia. The story is set in Europe and Australia.

The Devil's Bible
In the prologue of The Devil’s Prayer, we are told about a thirteenth century legend and a conspiracy between the Mongols and Papal Legate, Arnaud Amalric., to steal a Bible belonging to Podlažice monastery in the Czech Republic. Although the monks tried their best to keep it safe, this particular Bible known as The Devil’s Bible, which could havoc apocalyptic destruction in the wrong hands, was discreetly copied and 12 pages were stolen from it.

Cut to 2014, we are introduced to Sister Benedictine who has taken a vow of silence six years ago as repentance for her sins. Amalric monks, dressed in red robes, are after her and the chase ends in her death. Everyone believes that she committed suicide to escape from the monks. But, sisters don’t commit suicide.

Thousands of miles away, 23 years old Siobhan Russo is devastated at the news of her mother, Denise Russo’s passing away. She, her 17-years-old-rebel sister Jess and their grandma Edith hold a cremation service although they don’t have the dead body.

Siobhan is intrigued by the sudden development and seeks closure. Her mother Denise had abandoned them 6 years ago and she needed to know why. Thus, she embarks on a journey to find answers to her many unanswered questions. She lands up at the monastery where her mother, Denise, was living as Sister Benedectine for the past 6 years.

Thus begins the roller coaster ride which takes her through various countries before she can get back home. And she manages to get her hands on her mother’s confession which at first devastates Siobhan, then startles and intrigue her, then manages to baffle her and leave her astounded at the end. Readers of The Devil’s Prayer feel just like Siobhan does.

Denise’s confession is filled with legends from 12th and 13th centuries and how they compelled her to do what she did. Denise herself had travelled to various cities and countries in the six years that she had been absent from Siobhan’s life. And through her confession, she requests Siobhan to finish the task that Denise had embarked upon but had failed to finish it.

It is mentioned in the blurb that, The Devil’s Prayer is a historical horror thriller. And rightly so. It has so many things happening at the same time. It is like History meets super-natural meets science. When you are made to go through all that Catholic history of 12th and 13th centuries, you are reminded of Dan Brown, one of the great contemporary masters of historical fiction.

The writing is fast paced, always keeping the reader on the edge of his seat, compelling him to go further leaving him all the more intrigued with every turn of page which often brings along a new twist.
Luke has taken extra care in detailing and you can clearly visualise the story in your mind.
You instantly begin to root for Siobhan and identify with her emotions. And feel almost everything she feels. Including the despair.
But Luke’s real cruelty comes to the fore in the climax of the novel. He abruptly ends it at such a cliffhanger that you are left pleading for more. Of course a sequel is to follow.

On the downside, lots of graphic descriptions of brutal violence makes you wince. Not for the weak-hearted for the sure. And some super-natural elements put you off too. You keep asking how is this even possible?! But then, it is fiction and has to be taken so. The book needs another proof-reading and editing as small errors crop in every now and then.

Buckle the seat-belts and hop-on into this roller-coaster ride. You wouldn’t regret it. Or better wait for the sequel to release and then read it at a time if you are one of those who can’t stand suspense.

If you are interested in surfing through the photographs of some of the locations mentioned in the book, you can head to

Here’s the video teaser of The Devil’s Prayer.

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Revive : Blast Your Senses

manan mehtaThese days, more and more people have become diet and health conscious. While the lazy ones continue to binge on fast foods, a lot many active ones throng the gym and have marginally reduced the consumption of carbs and fats. But when it came to a drink that was healthy, 100% natural yet tasty, even they had no answer. That’s when the idea of Revive was culminated.

After a couple of years of hard-work and great research, in a first of its kind venture in the beverage industry, the team at Revive : Blast Your Senses headed by Mr Gaurav Parekh, has come up with 100% natural flavored milk products. The milk is made of 100% natural ingredients and contains no artificial flavors, no preservatives and no artificial color either, which is just like a revolution in the food and beverage industry.

revive flavorsAs of now, the team at Revive has come up with 6 tasty and innovative flavors. They are:

  • Cafe Mocha
  • Cold Coffee
  • Rich Kesar
  • Choco-mint
  • Creame Butterscotch
  • Shahi Gulkand

The milk is available in cans and packaging is ideal and easy to carry, making it a must-have during family get-together or while hanging out with friends. Especially during holiday season, it can be a great substitute for colas, which are dissed by diet-friendly and health-conscious people.

The various milk flavors from Revive : Blast Your Senses are available at quick service outlets and retail stores across the metro cities of India. They are also available at various hotel chains and corporate offices. If you are the lethargic kind, you can also order them, with the help of a few clicks, from Amazon India.

P.S : Now that the winter is about to end and summer is almost upon us, Revive is a good bet to consume cold drinks to keep ourselves cool yet be healthy and strong without much intake of fat and sugar that colas carry in huge amount.

P.P.S : It can be served hot as well as chilled making it consumable all through the year.

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I love him so much. I just hate him a little more…!

“Oh! I love him so much. I just hate him a little more…!”

“I believe, no matter what is your present equation with him, if you really miss him and want him back in your life, you should go ahead and talk to him. If he agrees to return, well and good and if he says he’s over you, then that’s fine. At least you’ll get a clear idea where you both stand. And years later, you won’t regret that you wanted him but you didn’t tell him that.”

“I loved him. I miss him, I always am thinking about him and feel him around me and sometimes I so want to pick the phone and make that call.
But then, when I realize that he dumped me for some other woman, I begin to hate him. I feel like what’s the point of making the call and disturbing him? He must be happy with his woman – hanging out, chilling, shopping, making love and that thought stops me from making that call.
Innumerable times I’ve picked up the phone and dialed his number but cut the call before it got connected. Typed out long messages about how I miss him and how much I still love him but deleted the message instead of sending it to him.
Because, technically he is happy in his life and that is what matters the most to me. Even if I am not a part of his happiness.

It’s torture actually to live without him. Every time I watch a movie, I begin to think of him. I visualize him and myself in place of the lead pair and embark on a journey of thoughts that take me all over the world with him accompanying me and sometimes my thoughts take me all over him too.
Nicholas Sparks has always been my most favourite author. Reading his work has become impossible for me now because I see him in the protagonist and I want him around me, supporting me, caring for me, loving me like Landon does for Jamie even after knowing about her health. I want someone who stays, not someone who strays.
I want someone whom I can rely upon, not someone who’d abandon me for any random woman.”

“Ouch. You really seem to be hurt.”

“That is an under statement. I could say I was addicted to him and I always wanted him around me. Forever. We had built castles in air and often spoke about settling down together…
But he being a practical and an unemotional jerk, he could simply walk away as if I meant nothing to him.
That is why I say, I love him, but I hate him a little more.”

“Do you really hate him?”

“Yes, I do. And this hatred is what keeps me going. It is kind of therapeutic. And I sometimes laugh at him. He used to think that I’m very dependent on him and that I’d get destroyed without him and he always used to tell me that I should be stronger. To be frank, back then, even I had believed that I was very dependent on him. But, not anymore. If he hadn’t left me, I wouldn’t have known what I was capable of. Now that I know I can live without him and funnily enough without getting shattered, I don’t even want to see his face anymore!”

“I’m glad that you’re coping well..”
*If only you knew that he had deliberately let go of you.
If only you knew that he loved you much more than you can even imagine.
If only you knew that I joined that stupid course of yours and became your friend only upon his insistence – to look after you and to take care of you.
If only you knew that you will never see his face. While he needed you when he was breathing his last, he was worried about you and your well-being.
If only you knew that I hated him when he had nothing but you to talk about and hated him much more for loving you.
You know what? I hate him so much. I just love him a little more.*


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Love is cute – 9

“I am sorry, please forgive me,” realizing her mistake, she was pleading while her lips quivered with tension.

He nonchalantly and coolly replied, “That’s okay. It doesn’t matter.”

“I know it doesn’t matter to you and you’re fine with it and all that, but it matters to me.”

“Apparently not.” His stoic reaction cut through her. Sharply.

“Oh please, save the sarcasm for some other time. Please, I request you, please give it to me.”

He wasn’t in a mood of a fight or an argument. “Look, it’s okay, it’s not such a big deal.”

She was worried that this silence may bring more chaos later. “It is. It is a big deal.
I know you’re indifferent and you can let it go but it’s disturbing me.”

Giving her an another chance to let it go. “Excuse me?”

“Look, I know you’re so indifferent and disattached and…”



“Unattached,” he said again with a straight expressionless face.

“Ugh. Can you stop being a grammar nazi while we are having a serious discussion?!” She said exasperated.


Losing it again, “Gawd, why are you so aloof all the time?!”


“Fine! I know you’re so indifferent and *stresses* unattached and it doesn’t matter to you and you can let it go so easily that.. That, it is disturbing. And scary. Sometimes I feel, god forbid, if something happens tomorrow, you wouldn’t blink an eye before losing me. You wouldn’t just feel anything. You wouldn’t cry bucketful for losing me. I’m scared that you wouldn’t miss me at all. And that gives me goosebumps. More than your passionate touch does.”

*Raises an eye with a questioning look*

“Stop that. I know it’s not the appropriate time to reveal that and I have a reputation of putting my foot in my mouth time and again in front of you.”

*Comes forward to touch her*

“Stay back. I want to have this discussion first.”

*Smiles naughtily*

“See? I fu*king love this smile of yours and the feeling it gives me in my tummy. I love 1000 different things of you for 1000 different reasons. And I am always scared that you’ll leave me and go away. More than that, I’m scared that you wouldn’t feel a thing. That you will get over me easily and live your life normally as if nothing ever happened. I’m scared that you’ll continue being so happy all the time that you wouldn’t need me at all. And I fu*king hate you for that.

Waiting for her to continue. Continues staring her.

“While I will be shattered. Devastated. I wouldn’t know what to do without you. You’ve been with me since forever and we have done everything together that I can’t imagine living alone anymore. You were there when I was at my lowest and when I couldn’t find comfort anywhere else. You are my backbone and I practically think of you all the time. *teary eyed* You’re the best person I’ve met in my life and I love you so much that I’m scared. I’m fu*king scared.

“Hey hey hey.. Where am I going? I’m here with you. I’ve been and I will be. Just because I don’t show it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be affected by your absence. Why do you even think of these negative and silly things? Nobody is going anywhere. We are together and we will be together. Always!”

“That may seem silly to you but it means the world to me. That thought is just…just…so scary!”

“Horror is your favourite genre, isn’t it?” he said trying to cheering her up.

“In movies. Not in life.”

“And pray tell me, what is your favorite genre in life?”

“With a smile. You narcissist as*hole.”

“Ouch. That hurt.”

“It should.”

“I love you.”

*Hugging him tightly*
“You’re never going to leave me, right?”


“Say it.”

“No, I’m never going to leave you. I will always be with you.”



“I love you too.. More than you love me..”


“Btw, don’t grow a beard and turn into a devdas, okay. Even if we are not together, I will always want you to be happy.”

Exasperated, “Okay..”

She knew he was losing it. “I’m sorry. I know I shouldn’t think about that, but…”

“You can’t help it.”

Smiling, “This is what I like about you. I don’t have to tell you everything. You just understand me inside out.”

“Still you doubt me.”

“Not you. I trust you more than I trust myself. Fate it is that I doubt. It hasn’t been so kind to me.”

“It has give me to you.”

“That it has. And it can never be kinder than that.”

“True that..”


“Narcissist asshole.”

Grinning from ear to ear, “Man, I love you so so much!”

“How much?”

Thanking her stars, “Shut up and kiss me now!”

“As my lady says.”

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Best classical but unpopular books about LOVE!

If you are an old visitor of this blog, you very well know that books and relationships are recurring themes. So, I thought, for a new post, what better than combining these both?

This time I am not going to rewrite you a book and retell its story. This time I am going to write about a few books which are not very popular and mainstream, but are absolutely brilliant and classical. The main theme of all these books is the same – a love between two people and the entire struggle trying to reach the loved one. So, for your trial, a few books about the most amazing feeling in the world – love.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare is, unfortunately, best known for the bigger masses as an author of such love tragedies like Romeo and Juliet. Sadly, people, as well as young romantic souls just like you and me, sometimes tend to forget about other great plays William Shakespeare wrote, which were also about love and, fortunately, not end tragically! A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the play which can be called as one of the fun stories about love. It is actually a comedy play, which makes all the reading even more pleasurable and relaxing.

The plot of this play is simply perfect – Shakespeare draws a picture of many different types of events happened around the marriage of Theseus, the real Duke of Athens, and his loved one – Hippolyta. The play is actually telling a story about these two lovers’ adventures along with other four young Athenian lovers, as well as six amateur actors, who are actually controlled by the fairies! It is really a fun and easy story loved by many theatre directors, and widely performed by many actors across the world. This is why I recommend you to read this play too, not only because it is one of the masterpieces of William Shakespeare, but also a great and easy love story, which will leave you smiling afterwards!

The Thorn Birds

This is a little bit sadder book about love. But that love is no simple love, but the tragic, forbidden love with just a simple flash of happiness. It is a book written by Australian author Colleen McCullough, and the title of the book is The Thorn Birds.

The book tells us the epic story of the one family, which was facing many difficulties through the time: from both World Wars, to nature disasters, Cleary’s family lives through all of it, by being strong both physically and psychologically. Although this is a story about one family, the main focus goes to the youngest child, which is also the only daughter of the family – Meggie. We follow her through the childhood and learn about the life together with her. We meet a young and surprisingly handsome priest called Ralph de Bricassart, which are actually true lifetime love of Meggie. This forbidden love blossoms and dies in a book for a several times, not letting to put the book away.  The Thorn Birds are the book which captures your attention and lets you to travel to far away land of Australia, become a family member of Cleary and lets you see to what life sometimes can grow into – only because of love and envy.

Dina’s Book

By the Norwegian author Herbjørg Wassmo, this book is really not mainstream and actually pretty hard to find. Since this is a not typical love story of two people as well, I recommend Dina’s Book because of other reasons. Well, yeah, love is important in this book as well, but mostly because it is irrational and kind of bad! Dina, who is the main character of this book, goes true life like a real wolf – without making any compromises with anyone, and just doing whatever she wants. Although, the cold and unpleasant deep North environment of nineteenth century, makes Dina almost the most important person there, she also makes many men to fall in love with her without even understanding how dangerous can that be. Demonic and wild Dina attracts men and makes them loose their minds. Until one day, weird and extraordinary man comes to the North and changes Dina forever.

This book is actually really strong and also very involving. You can’t put it away for a second, because Dina not only bewitches everyone she meets in the book, but also you as well! The good thing is, that despite the huge number of pages this book has, and short time needed to read that, this is one of the three books of trilogy written by Herbjørg Wassmo. So, you can be sure to meet amazing Dina again, and let her to spell you once more.

Where to Get All These Books?

The best way to get all these amazing books, is to shop online and get them delivered them from no matter where. Such rare book as Dina’s Book probably can’t be purchased from bookstores, so you should definitely use the benefits of online shopping. You can also save a great deal of money on it too, if you shop at websites which offer special discount for books. For instance, visit and search for the coupons for books at, which will help you to get those books easier and cheaper!

Enjoy your new found love stories now and share the best moments in the books with me!

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Spotlight for Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripathi

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Scion of Ikshvaku 


Amish Tripathi 

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3400 BCE. INDIAAyodhya is weakened by divisions. A terrible war has taken its toll. The damage runs deep. The demon King of Lanka, Raavan, does not impose his rule on the defeated. He, instead, imposes his trade. Money is sucked out of the empire. The Sapt Sindhu people descend into poverty, despondency and corruption. They cry for a leader to lead them out of the morass. Little do they appreciate that the leader is among them. One whom they know. A tortured and ostracised prince. A prince they tried to break. A prince called Ram.He loves his country, even when his countrymen torment him. He stands alone for the law. His band of brothers, his Sita, and he, against the darkness of chaos.

Will Ram rise above the taint that others heap on him? Will his love for Sita sustain him through his struggle? Will he defeat the demon Lord Raavan who destroyed his childhood? Will he fulfil the destiny of the Vishnu?

Begin an epic journey with Amish’s latest: the Ram Chandra Series.

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Nilanjana sighed. She wasn’t even sure if the child would be a boy. But she wouldn’t risk the merest flagging of her mistress’ spirits. She administered some herbal pain relievers to the queen and bided her time. Ideally, the doctor wanted the birth to take place before midday. The royal astrologer had warned her that if the child was born later, he would suffer great hardships throughout his life. On the other hand, if the child was born before the sun reached its zenith, he would be remembered as one of the greatest among men and would be celebrated for millennia.
Nilanjana cast a quick glance at the prahar lamp, which measured time in six-hour intervals. The sun had already risen and it was the third hour of the second prahar. In another three hours it would be midday. Nilanjana had decided to wait till a half hour before noon and, if the baby was still not born,
she would go ahead with the surgery.
 Kaushalya was stricken with another bout of dilatory pain. She pursed her lips together and began chanting in her mind the name she had chosen for her child. This gave her strength for it wasn’t an ordinary name. The name she had picked was that of the sixth Vishnu.
 ‘Vishnu’ was a title given to the greatest of leaders who were remembered as the Propagators of Good. The sixth man to have achieved this title was Lord Parshu Ram. That is how he was remembered by the common folk. Parshu means axe, and the word had been added to the name of the sixth Vishnu because the mighty battle axe had been his favourite weapon. His birth name was Ram. That was the name that reverberated in Kaushalya’s mind.
Ram… Ram… Ram… Ram…
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About Amish Tripathi

Amish is an IIM (Kolkata)educated, boring banker turned happy author. The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha (Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy), encouraged him to give up a fourteen-year-old career in financial services to focus on writing. He is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy, finding beauty and meaning in all world religions.

Amish has most recently written the Shiva Trilogy (The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas & The Oath of the Vayuputras), which have sold over a million copies in the Indian subcontinent since 2010. The books that he plans to write in the future are also in the areas of mythology & history.

Amish lives in Mumbai with his wife, Preeti and son, Neel.

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The Activist and The Capitalist : Novella Review

the activist and the capitalistBased in Chennai and penned by Vibha Batra, The Activist And The Capitalist is the story of two passionate people pitted against each other because of their contrary passions and how they fall in love with each other, thus inviting troubles from all corners.

Jai, the heir of VPK constructions company wanted to prove himself to the world and stand on his own feet. He was given the charge for Vasant Vihar project by his grand-father although there were other seniors capable of handling it. Thus, Jai was all the more involved and leaving no stone unturned in making the project a big success.

Anusha was passionate about conserving the heritage sites and worked with an NGO associated with it. She was the crusader of campaigns, the activist who staged protests and dharnas against the capitalists who wanted to ‘demolish’ the heritage sites. Thus, she loathed VPK constructions company and had already filed a petition for a stay order on the takeover and reconstruction.

During one of the many such protests, she bumps into Jai who instantly recognizes her. They had met before, a long time ago, albeit only for a few minutes while they were bored and intoxicated at a social do. Both had felt something for each-other then and it seemed that the sparks still flew.

While they were professional rivals, the more time they spent off the public eye, the more attracted both seemed to get to each other. Although they never discussed the Vasant Vihar project, it always was a bone of contention between them. They tried to avoid the topic as much as possible, but somehow it always managed to crop up and create differences between them.

The real trouble started when Anusha doubted Jai of lying, corrupting officials and simply using her for information. And when the question wasn’t just about their professional liaisons anymore but also of trust, their relationship was at stake.

Do they manage to get back to each other? Or was Jai really willing to go to any lengths to save the project? Did Anusha’s doubts have any base to them or were they deliberately implanted? Read on to find the answers to above questions!

Vibha Batra is an ace writer with a quirky sense of humor. She has weaved magic with words which not only leaves you engrossed in the story but the characters feel so real that they stay with you long after you are done reading it.

The protagonists get a full cinematic entry (read the book to know what I mean.) complete with description of the entourage and surroundings and slowly revealing them into the limelight.  The lead pair are well cast too, he – rich, sauve, witty, funny, well-traveled, well-read and strong yet soft, down to earth with a heart that isn’t cold. She – passionate, loving, caring, intelligent and strong-headed yet vulnerable with a heart that isn’t cold but has been made into one. No wonder they say that opposites attract. And just like lead pair of many movies these days, they are always at loggerheads with each other and are always quarreling or debating. Kudos to the writer for bringing in a lot of wordplay too leaving the reader chuckling every now and then.

There are many other characters other than the protagonists who get a decent ‘screen time’ too. Like, Dolly Aunty who runs the NGO where Anusha works, her colleagues, his scheming friends Saurabh and Devyani and last but not the least, his grand-father, the Senior Khanna in a ‘guest appearance.’

Another of the many pluses of the book is that along with humor and romance, Vibha enlightens and compels the readers to ponder over: Is it right to demolish old buildings in the name of renovation and luxury?
And are all builders just looking to cash in on the realty boom? Or some of them are still out there with noble intentions for whom money isn’t the only compelling factor for constructions?

Overall, The Activist and The Capitalist is a lovely, breezy and fun-filled read.

Connect with the author here : Vibha Batra 

The novella is published by Toronto-based publishing house Indireads, which exclusively publishes e-books and was started with the aim to revolutionizing the popular fiction genre in South Asia.

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HiFi in Bollywood : Novel Review

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Rishi Vohra made a brilliant debut with Once Upon the Tracks Of Mumbai, story of an autistic guy finding himself and helping others in the mad world of Mumbai. HiFi in Bollywood, yet again based in Mumbai, is a story surrounding Bollywood and a guy’s aspirations about making it big in it.

Rayhan Arora was the son of an autocratic father, Romesh Arora, who believed in taking all life decisions of his children because he always ‘wished good for his children.’ Habituated of being in command and obeyed, he sent Rayhan to Berkeley, US, for higher studies and a better life. He also fixed an alliance with his NRI friend’s daughter without even consulting Rayhan once.

Rayhan had enough of it and was not going to succumb to his father’s orders all his life. Although he had forcibly studied Finance, which wasn’t his cup of tea, he always harbored the dream of returning to India and making it big in Bollywood. Unfortunately, his father loathed the ‘inconsistent’ industry and was strictly against it. The NRI girl, Vanita’s ready consent for the alliance made it all the more worse for Rayhan.

He had no other option but to lie to his father and Vanita and run away to Mumbai to pursue his dream. And he does so with the help of his contacts both in Berkeley and in Mumbai. The same contacts also help him land the job of Assistant Director in one of the country’s biggest directors’ upcoming movie starring a budding star Jahaan Khan and a super-successful actress Tarini.

Rest of the story is all about the roller-coaster ride of Rayhan in Bollywood in particular and Mumbai in general, his tryst with destiny about hiding the fact from his father and Romesh’s friends, his encounters with the local goons, politicians and police officials and finally his tryst with love.

Once again, Bombay/Mumbai is vividly described in his writings. The lifestyles and the way people talk and behave in different parts of the city is something to marvel about. And how different parts of the city has transformed differently with people of different cultures and lifestyles residing in different parts of the city and giving you a feel that you’ve actually come to a different city while you have just traveled a few kilometers within the Mumbai city.

The writing is simple and lucid egging the reader to continue reading. The characters are so nicely crafted that they are instantly likable. While the story revolves around Rayhan, the ‘supporting’ cast is well developed as well. Be it his friend Dave to homosexual cousin Jay to Romesh and his friends to Saajan, the ace director, to tantrum-throwing Jahaan Khan to sincere Tarini to Rayhan’s womanizer-friend Romil to Peterbhai, the local goon to his maid Laxmibai and her daughter Mangala to her lover Anil Dhamle.

The tone of the novel is light and monotonous and some scenes are really hilarious making the reader laugh. It would have been better if the love-angle of Rayhan was given more depth and if the protagonists spent some more time together. While the remaining novel moved on in a patient and unhurried pace, it felt as if the whole love chapter had been rushed through.

Also, the book gives a vivid glimpse of the inner working of the movie-world that is cherished by almost everyone in the country. From the number of people involved in taking a single shot to the starry tantrums to ego-tussles to stress and hardship faced by junior artists and beginners and how hard the ‘spot boys’ work helping everyone on the sets.

The novel, as expected, has a happy ending with a cliched and expected twist bringing in the climax.

Makes up for a nice read.

Connect with the author here : Rishi Vohra

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